Effingham County Managerial Government Adoption (February 2010)

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There was a Effingham County Managerial Government Adoption measure on the February 2 ballot in Effingham County for voters in the city of Effingham.

This measure was defeated

A petition was filed with the county court to get the county government changed. The petition was required to have at least 311 signatures from valid voters within the city. The court judge will make a decision if it is valid and if it will be on the next ballot, which will be in February. Currently the city runs under a commission for of government where there are four commissioners and a mayor, the petition seeks to change this to a managerial form. The new government would have an elected manager by the commission who would over see every day activity and the commissioners, but the commissioners would have final say on any of the decisions made by the manager. This petition was initiated because the current government was seen as out dated and because Effingham has grown a more structured form is needed.[1]

As of December 2, 499 signatures were validated from the petition, qualifying it for the February primary election. The ballot will ask voters if they want to change to the managerial form of government. If a majority of voters approve then within 6 months the city will need to pass an ordinance to enact the changes. This form would just centralize power, making the city work more efficiently on a larger scale.[2]

On February 2, 2010, voters in Effingham rejected the proposal by a margin of 1,134 to 976. Eleven of the thirteen precincts voted against the change. The measure cannot come before voters again until 2012.[3]

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